vegging out for 2014

A lot of people in my life are making big dietary changes for the new year, myself included. Last year, I went from vegan to raw vegan during the month of January and loved the results. I’m doing it again this year, possibly for as long as three months. A dear friend is joining me, which means I’m looking forward to some food prep and dehydrating sessions together. I have other folks in my life who are going vegetarian or vegan for the first time. Big changes for all and so it’s nice to head into this armed with some helpful guides.

So with that in mind, I’ve put together a short list of some of my favorite recipe resources, both online and off. Enjoy!!

Cookbooks

*Anything* by Isa Chandra Moskowitz — Isa’s pretty much the most well-known name for vegan cookbooks and she’s got plenty to choose from. My faves are Veganomicon, Appetite for Reduction (lots of super healthy stuff), and Vegan Brunch (breakfast seems to be the hardest meal to find vegan options for when dining out).

Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry — lots of great stuff in here, from cornmeal crusted seitan to gumbo to watermelon pickles. I once made an entire Thanksgiving meal solely from recipes in this book. It was a huge hit with vegans and non-vegans alike!

Vegan Express by Nava Atlas — quick recipes that are useful during the week if you don’t have a lot of time to prep meals.

The Lotus and the Artichoke by Justin Moore — tons of international dishes with influences from all over the world. Moore traveled from country to country learning to cook with the various people he stayed with and then veganized his favorite dishes.

Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo — lots of good info if you’re trying a raw diet for the first time. The recipes were all fairly simple to prepare. Just try to ignore the gratuitous photos of Ani on every other page…

Recipe Blogs

FatFree Vegan Kitchen — lots of healthy options here! The best part is you can sign up for their newsletter, which means weekly reminders to Try New Things in the kitchen.

The Vegan Stoner — Hilarious illustrated recipes that are super simple to make. Many of the recipes involve ingredients that are straight out of a package, so if you’re trying to avoid processed foods this isn’t the choice for you. On the other hand, these are super fast to make so if you’re pressed for time you’ll love it!

The Post Punk Kitchen — the PPK started out as a cable access TV show with Isa whipping up yummy vegan food. There’s no show anymore but the website is still up and new recipes are still being added.

Sweetly Raw — a recipe blog dedicated to raw vegan desserts! I’ve made some incredible things from here and they’ve been huge hits when I’ve taken them to dinner parties. People are always shocked to know that they’re vegan!

This Rawsome Vegan Life — delicious recipes and gorgeous photography.

the deep dark

prayer flags

It seems appropriate to be re-starting this blog on the Solstice. I’ve had this project at the back of my mind for many months now (the better part of a year actually) but just hadn’t set aside the space and time to make it happen. There were always other things that were, legitimately, more pressing and urgent on my to-do list. That doesn’t change the fact that I’ve really missed this space though. Missed having somewhere to chronicle my thoughts, share ideas and projects, and interact with like-minded folks. The common mainstays of social media are holding less and less appeal for me as time goes on and I find myself more frustrated with them than anything.

Today I hung new sets of prayer flags on the back deck and then did a yoga mala (108 sun salutations) with a dear friend. The days between the Solstice and the New Year are some of my favorites as they are full of dreaming and planning. I’m sure the next week or so will be filled with lots of reflecting on the past year as well as figuring out how to build off of this foundation for the next turn of the wheel.

Here’s to a fresh start as we come out of the dark and speed like arrows towards spring.